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Our new online classroom

Our new online classroom

With a new year fast approaching, there's never been a better time to think about your career prospects and embark in something new. For those of you looking to step up the ranks as a VFX ninja, 2014 could be the year to make it happen.

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Tue 5 Nov 2013: 4:38pm

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Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

Free webinar: The Art and Science of Visual Effects

What's the secret behind breath-taking visual effects? There are lots of elements we need to consider before answering this question – such as modelling, texturing and lighting your scene - but a pivotal point in the process of bringing a computer generated image to life, is rendering.  And one man who has dedicated a great many hours into this area is The Mill's Head of Maya Development, Suraj Harrington-Odedra

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Mon 28 Oct 2013: 1:42pm

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Special Effects & Telekenisis: #FlexLikeCarrie

Special Effects & Telekenisis: #FlexLikeCarrie

Here is a killer piece of 'advertising meets special effects' that caught our eye this week.

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Tue 8 Oct 2013: 10:01am

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Love VFX? You'll love this!

Love VFX? You'll love this!

Once upon a time, in a world full of extremely complex effects, there was a place where people thought that only explosions, giant robots, monsters and set replacements could cause their jaws to drop, then a company called Bot & Dolly decided to show to everyone how they could make something compelling and inspiring... just with primitives!

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Fri 27 Sep 2013: 11:15am

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Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Softimage Creatives - London user group meeting this Wednesday

Calling all Softimage (XSI) fans out there - get yourself down to the next user group event tomorrow night. With an awesome line up of speakers it’s another great opportunity to catch up with your fellow animation Softimage users and a chance to check out some of the Softimage projects from over the last year.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 1:47pm

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What are your tips and tricks?

What are your tips and tricks?

Hello loyal readers, A P Miles here with sad, sad news. It seems that I've bucked the trend and decided to catch the winter cold rather early, turning my normally deep and soothing voice into a growley, crackly mess, and increasing the pressure in my head to somewhere close to 500 fathoms deep.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013: 11:12am

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TED comes to London!

TED comes to London!

We are big fans of TED here at Escape and I was very excited to see this upcoming event at London's Albert Hall on September 23rd.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 4:51pm

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Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

Challenging the status quo - The future of higher education...

An interesting article appeared on Linkedin this week, on the future of Higher Education in America. Written on the back of an encounter between California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who also sits on the boards of the University of California and California State University systems) and brand new start up education company ‘Udacity’, an organisation that creates online college courses focused largely on science and technology.

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Fri 20 Sep 2013: 10:43am

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Escape goes to the movies: Elysium gets the verdict…

Escape goes to the movies:  Elysium gets the verdict…

So, Wednesday night is movie night yeah? Well, it was at Escape last week, as a group of us in the office decided to take advantage of the 2-4-1 offer and check out Neill Blomkamp’s latest flick, Elysium.

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Wed 18 Sep 2013: 12:22pm

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Escape's Simon Fenton reviews Autodesk Mudbox 2014 for 3D Artist Magazine!

Escape's Simon Fenton reviews Autodesk Mudbox 2014 for 3D Artist Magazine!

It’s no secret that here at Escape Studios, we have some fantastically talented tutors, we know it, our students know it, and it’s always nice when their skill and know how is drafted in by other leader in the field.

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Mon 16 Sep 2013: 5:01pm

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Sean Danischevsky is the guest speaker at our next open day

Sean Danischevsky is the guest speaker at our next open day

Considering a career in VFX? If you’re still undecided, then come along to our next open day on Wednesday 18th September. This is where we discuss the VFX industry and your career prospects as a skilled VFX artists. Next Wednesday we’ll be joined by Sean Danischevsky, a VFX Supervisor who has worked at many of the top VFX companies including Framestore and Method Studios.

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Fri 13 Sep 2013: 4:23pm

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Phoneblocks; shut up and take my money!

Phoneblocks; shut up and take my money!

The Internet's a crazy thing, I'm sure you've noticed. Almost exclusively powered by cats, it's an open source forum for anyone anywhere to do anything any time. Some people make great videos, some make awesome tunes, but what fascinates me if when people use it to create businesses.

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Thu 12 Sep 2013: 12:42pm

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Your Career in VFX: Free webinar on securing your first job in the industry

Your Career in VFX: Free webinar on securing your first job in the industry

Get ahead with tips from our webinar with The Mill’s Thomas Knight. For the vast majority of people, making the jump from training in your chosen field to actually working in it can be a daunting one to make, and this is no less true in the competitive world of VFX. Once you’ve got the skills, how do you stand out from the crowd and launch your career as a VFX artist?

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Tue 10 Sep 2013: 3:12pm

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The Return of Naiad… Hurrah!

The Return of Naiad… Hurrah!

For those of you who are interested learning more about the tools being used by the pros, here’s a great article from the fxguide crew sharing details of the recent evolution of Naiad into Bifröst. In my opinion, this is one of the most exciting developments to come from Autodesk in quite some time. Find out more here.

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Tue 10 Sep 2013: 12:27pm

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Win tickets to THU Festival in Portugal (Pixar, ILM, Framestore and many more)

Win tickets to THU Festival in Portugal (Pixar, ILM, Framestore and many more)

Here at Escape Studios we’re no strangers to European VFX enthusiasts. We have people come through our doors from all over the globe, and that’s why we love events like this, events that further confirm that the art of VFX is an international language.

The Trojan Horse is a Unicorn Festival is a premier event for producers, animators game developers concept artists and 3D generalists, and is taking place in Troi Portugal from the 18th to the 21st of September.

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Fri 6 Sep 2013: 3:13pm

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BFI London Film Festival - Line up announced!

BFI London Film Festival - Line up announced!

The 4th of September saw the unveiling of the official programme for the BFI London Film Festival. On queue with a live tweet session (which you can find here) the BFI announced some huge films that will be shown at this year’s event.

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Fri 6 Sep 2013: 9:41am

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Learning with augmented reality, the future?

Learning with augmented reality, the future?

If you didn’t already know, we’re big fans of technology in education, when these two fields are spliced together in a truly ground breaking way, we can’t resist a blog post about it!

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 12:48pm

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This week on YouTube....Part 1!

This week on YouTube....Part 1!

Whats up internet? It's September already, nobody told me. I thought I was getting funny looks on the tube, I came to work in swim shorts and a snorkel! But enough about my arrest record. You want to hear about our YouTube channel, I'm sure.

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Tue 3 Sep 2013: 11:10am

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Escape Studios Webinar - What is VFX? With Mark Spevick .

Escape Studios Webinar - What is VFX? With Mark Spevick .

In our next webinar we'll be uploading to YouTube, our very own Head of 3D and VFX Tutor, Mark Spevick, will be revealing some of the secrets at the heart of VFX.

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Mon 2 Sep 2013: 10:16am

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“I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air”

“I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air”

It was whispered around the film community that we Alfonso Cuarón got started on Gravity, it was going to be something truly epic. Well the first reviews came in today from the Venice film festival where it was premiered, and guess what, it sounds just that! Here are a few snippets from reviewers/tweeters that have been kindly collated by thefilmstage.com. (check the site out here for the full reviews)

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Thu 29 Aug 2013: 9:39am

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